How did you feel when you got promoted to Class VIIIthCalcutta of late seventies and early eighties. At that time, students used to wait eagerly for getting promoted to Class IVth and then to Class VIIIth. Why? At that time, there was an unwritten convention. Students were allowed to write with the pen only after getting promoted to Class IVth. Students used to think it a very important stage of their life.
Similarly, in Calcutta (and in West Bengal), there was another unwritten convention. A boy student was allowed to wear full trouser only in Class VIIIth. Similarly, a girl student could wear ''sari'' only after getting promoted in Class VIIIth. (The girl students of English medium schools were exceptions. They always had to wear skirts in school.)
So, we all eagerly waited to get promoted in Class VIIIth. I still remember that when we got the result after Class VIIth, all my friends had a small celebration from our very meager resources (pocket money). Reason behind the celebration? From then onwards we would be treated as grown-up students; we would start wearing full trousers.
Readers! How did you feel when you got promoted to Class VIIIth?